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Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara. HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex debuted her Aquamarine Tiara during the Coronation festivities of Prince Albert II of Monaco, in 2005

Wessex Aquamarine and Diamond Tiara

The Princess of Wales wears the Spencer Family Tiara on her wedding day on July 29, 1981.

Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara The Brazil parure is one of the most modern jewels in the collection. In 1953, the President and people of Brazil presented Elizabeth II with the coronation gift of a necklace and matching pendant earrings of aquamarines and diamonds.

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THE STORY OF A 100-YEAR OLD RUBY PARURE~The first owner of this parure was Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna, granddaughter of Nikolay I, Queen of Greece and grandmother of Prince Philip, HMTQ Elizabeth II's husband.Olga got it as a wedding present in 1867-either from her parents or from her husband George I of Greece. After her death in 1926 parure was gained by her son Nikolay. His daughters wore it until 1956. In 1964 the parure was presented to the bride of King Konstantin II of Greece.

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 2012 Coronation Diamond Necklace and Earrings - originally created for Queen Victoria, they have also been worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, The Queen Mother, and Queen Elizabeth II at their coronations

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Spartan women -

Free web resources and games for classical music education for children of all ages and their families and teachers

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Queen Elizabeth's locket ring, which contained a hidden portrait of her mother, Anne Boleyn. Anne is portrayed with reddish-gold hair in this portrait.

this is probably one of the most depressingly heart-wrenching photos I've ever seen. Native American children taken from their familis and put into school to assimilate them into white society. the slogan for this governmental campaign '"kill the Indian to save the man". no official apology has ever been issued. never forgotten.

George Bush being told of the 9/11 attacks while reading to elementary school children....

Deadliest School Shooting in U.S. History. Looks like it's at wounded knee, not a school. Still haven't researched it...

The first woman to ask for divorce and lead an army, Eleanor of Aquitaine lived until she was 82 (pretty good considering most died in their 40s). She got a formal education, which was really rare for women in that era. There are rumours that she poisoned her second husband Henry II’s mistress, the Fair Rosamund. This lady’s bad-ass. (Painting by Edmund Blair Leighton)

Gold, sapphire, and diamond tiara from the early 1900’s. This piece is designed as a series of thirteen graduated stylized ribbon and scroll elements. The ribbons and scrolls are set with circular-, single-cut, cushion-shaped and oval diamonds and each highlighted in the center with an oval sapphire. Via Diamonds in the Library.

From the Medieval Manuscripts blog post 'Anglo-Saxon Medicine'. Image: Anglo-Saxon medical recipes corresponding to Book 2, chapter 59 of Bald's Leechbook

Bombs dropped on Kobe, Japan (1945)

Margaret Brooke, the younger of the Brooke twins, married Sir Thomas Sondes of Throwley, Kent. Soon after, she began to show signs of madness. She gave birth to a daughter, which her husband did not want to recognize. Margaret was given an exorcism session, then she was taken from her house and had to spend her days in the care of strangers. This detail of Margaret is from the Cobham family portrait, painted in 1567. Margaret is shown holding a pet marmoset.

Pope Gregory the Great leads a litany procession in Rome in 590, praying for an end to the first pandemic plague. This miniature from the Tres Riches Heures of the duc de Berry (early 15th century) was painted by Pol Limbourg, whose brothers Hermann and Jan, witnessed similar proceedings in Paris during the Black Death.

Plague doctor, 1656, uncredited. "A primitive gas mask in the shape of a bird’s beak. It was believed that the plague was spread by birds and that by dressing in a bird-like mask, the wearer could draw the plague away from the patient and onto the garment. The mask also included red glass eyepieces, which were thought to make the wearer impervious to evil. The beak was often filled with strongly aromatic herbs and spices to overpower the miasmas or “bad air” thought to carry the plague.

Mrs. Mary Couchman, a 24-year-old warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October 18, 1940. The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded. Bombs began to fall as she ran to them and gathered the three in her arms, protecting them with her body. Complimented on her bravery, she said, "Oh, it was nothing. Someone had to look after the children."

A German noble family in Westphalia owned this stunning emerald and diamond tiara, c. 1910. It was worn at an official dinner given by Kaiser Wilhelm II by an ancestor of the present owner (who recently sold it).

1533: Princess Elizabeth's christening gown, sewn and embroidered by her mother, Anne Boleyn

Elizabeth’s Coronation Gown

The Byward Tower. This is where Anne Boleyn was brought to The Tower after her arrest at Greenwich May 02,1536. Sir Edmond Walsingham, Sir William Kingston's deputy met her there.

The Dining Hall at Hever Castle, once the great hall of the Boleyns.

After Henry successfully divorced Katherine, she still refused to give up her status as Queen. As a result, he sent her to live at Kimbolton Castle, where she lived out her final years, living in one room, leaving only for mass and dressed in a hair shirt of the Order of St. Francis. She died on 7 January 1536. Although very different in appearance since Tudor times, Kimbolton is now used as a school and according to legend, is haunted by Katherine's spirit.